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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (7 votes)

Released: 2001-06-15

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Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising by Interplay

Software Details

Brand: InterplayMedia: CD-ROMHardware Platform: PCOperating System: Windows 95
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Description

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Platforms

Windows 98, Windows 95

Product Features

  • Twenty years have passed since the population of Earth did a fine job of destroying nearly everything in one final struggle for power by the politicians and military leaders. Twenty years have been spent building a near Utopia, a society where currency and finance are irrelevant, a planet without hunger or poverty. But hidden away in an island chicane in the Pacific Ocean, a cabal of old world financiers, politicians, and despots, are planning a return to the greed fuelled, hate filled past.

Editorial Review

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising is a real-time strategy-action game hybrid that takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, but, to developer Rage's credit, it manages to be refreshing and fun. Part of the reason is because it borrows under-appreciated innovations such as Battlezone's and Uprising's 3-D perspective and Urban Assault's ability to take command of individual vehicles in the heat of 3-D combat--and it uses them to great effect.

Antaeus Rising features a story written by Warren Ellis, best known for his comic book work (Planetary, Transmetropolitan, and The Authority). He spins a tale concerning junk salvage, a chain of islands, and the struggle to control them. On the side of good we have the massive Antaeus, an advanced battleship/aircraft carrier/factory that bears a resemblance to Robotech's SDF-1. The Antaeus's factories build war machines piloted by long-dead soldiers who have had their skills and personalities encoded into computer chips. These soldiers mouth off during battle (the expletives shouted by one soldier when he is about to die--again--help earn this game an M rating), and their comments make the game livelier than other strategy titles. On the side of evil we have a motley collection of bad guys, who may or may not be aided by aliens.

Throughout the mission-based campaign you'll be creating defenses and attack units (tanks, helicopters, boats, etc.,) and sending them into battle. Using a joystick or a mouse you can jump into the cockpit of any unit to personally take care of difficult objectives. This helps a great deal in the later, harder missions.

The graphics are clean, the game is stable, and the strategy is as thrilling as the action. The only thing really wrong with Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising is its lack of multiplayer options of any kind. That means, once you've finished the campaign, the game is over. Still, it's a good, long ride while it lasts. --Andrew S. Bub

Pros:

  • Great graphics
  • Thrilling and unique plot, told well
  • Refreshing twist on both real-time strategy and action gaming
Cons:
  • No multiplayer
  • No real replay value

More Details

Publisher: InterplayCategory: ProgrammingBinding: CD-ROM

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